(Rampage and Dana in happier times – photo via Combat Lifestyle)
You’re not alone if you’ve been wondering what’s been going through Rampage Jackson’s somewhat unstable mind over the past year plus as he has continuously said and done things to try to get fired from the UFC – including a bizarre tranny rape video – so he can go fight somewhere where people actually appreciate him. Rampage has made no secret of the fact that he wants out from under the oppressive thumb of Zuffa. And it aint about money, so he says. It’s about respect. The man feels disrespected and unappreciated. He’s mad as hell and he aint gonna take this shit no more.
It could be that he doesn’t like being just another fish, albeit still a dangerous one, in a very large pond. Or maybe it’s his scorn with being matched up against guys who amazingly aren’t willing to just stand in front of him and get knocked out. Who the hell knows with Rampage? He’s an unstable mix of emotions.
I have to assume he’s serious about leaving though. I don’t buy the argument that it’s not about money from a guy who has a history of whining about money. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s about respect as well, or a perceived lack thereof, but Jackson seems to have a profound, self-important sense of what that word means. He even implied disrespect from his next opponent, Glover Teixeira because he claims to have some inside information that Teixeira plans to take him down. Well, ya know, this is mixed martial arts ‘n all, and grappling comprises a good portion of the whole “mixed” part of it.
Either way, Saturday night may be the last time we see Rampage in the Octagon. And I just don’t care. As excited as I was when he arrived in the UFC, I’m equally excited to see him go. There’s just nothing worse than a whiny athlete. Good luck and good riddance. Even Dana White doesn’t seem to give a shit. From MMAMania:
“I don’t know [if Saturday will be Jackson’s last UFC fight], we’ll see what happens. I mean I got to answer this question the way I answer all ‘Rampage’ Jackson questions. You never know where you are with the guy, you know, if you ask me, do I think we’ve treated ‘Rampage’ Jackson well? I think we’ve been great to ‘Rampage’ Jackson. Financially, personally, professionally and every other way you can be cool to a guy.”
“It’s one of those deals where me and Lorenzo love what we do, we love being involved and we love doing great things and growing the sport, making guys more money, doing all the things that we’ve done over the last 13 years, but at the end of the day, any job you have, I don’t care what you do for a living, you have to be happy with what you’re doing and be happy with the people you’re doing it with. And if ‘Rampage’ isn’t happy with us then what are we going to do? The guy needs to go somewhere where the people make him happy.”
Hopefully Rampage can find that magical place where everyone lines up every morning to kiss his ass. More than likely though he will get a harsh lesson in the economics of boxing, as well as a firmer understanding of why kickboxers cross over into MMA, not the other way around.